SW Michigan

6:18 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Kalamazoo County Voters approve renewal of transit millage

Lead in text: 
Vote is a step toward a countywide transit system
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
With 93 of 94 precincts reporting, about 72 percent of voters approved the renewal -- 11,711 voters have cast "yes" votes and 4,464 voters have cast "no" votes. The levy, last approved by voters in 2009, will raise about $3.1 million in its first year, or 18 percent of the county public transit system's overall funding.
9:39 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Snyder declares "state of emergency" for 19 counties, cities of Grand Rapids and Ionia

Lead in text: 
It's not clear what help may come from federal government
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is declaring a "state of disaster" for 19 counties and the cities of Grand Rapids and Ionia because of severe flooding this spring. Snyder said in a statement Tuesday he's asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to join state and local officials later this week to assess damage caused by the flooding that occurred from April 9 through May 3.
9:30 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Voters approve $62-million bond for Kalamazoo Public Schools

Lead in text: 
Bond will result in an additional $35 a year in taxes for owner of a home with market value of $100,000 in Kalamazoo district
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- With 37 of 39 precincts reporting, more 72 percent of voters Tuesday backed a $62 million bond issue for Kalamazoo Public Schools, which will pay for a long list of facility upgrades and repairs. The vote total for the 37 precincts was 4,466 to 1,697, in a light turnout.
9:23 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Senate approves bill that could lead to wolf hunting

Lead in text: 
Bill gives Natural Resources Commission power to determine what animals are hunted in Michigan
Lansing - The state Senate gave final approval and immediate effect Tuesday to legislation designed to short-circuit efforts by wolf hunting opponents to bring the issue to a statewide vote in 2014.
9:10 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Governor Snyder signs bill to rename stretch of I-94 after slain Kalamazoo Public Safety officer

Lead in text: 
Eric Zapata was shot and killed in the line of duty in April of 2011.
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation Tuesday that will name a 25-mile stretch of I-94 in Kalamazoo County in honor of Kalamazoo Public Safety officer Eric Zapata, who was killed in the line of duty in 2011. The bill cleared the Michigan House of Representatives April 18, the two-year anniversary of Zapata's death.

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